Loan

Should You Take out a Jumbo Loan?

People who need to borrow money to buy a new home typically take out a conventional mortgage. If you want to purchase an expensive property, a conventional mortgage may not be able to provide the amount of money you need. In that case, you may want to consider a jumbo mortgage. What is a Jumbo Loan?Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac limit the amount that a customer may borrow through a conventional mortgage. A...

How to Do a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) In Real Estate

When buying or selling a home, having a fair and accurate current market value is essential. As a homebuyer, you don't want to overpay for a property, and as a seller, you don't want to overprice. When making a home purchase, it is essential to know what you are getting into. You want to ensure the home is the right fit for your needs and budget. One way to accomplish this is to have a comparative...

Travel Budget

5 Tips to Stretch Your Summer Travel Budget

(Family Features) Many of the nation’s leading travel experts are predicting a surge in travel this summer. It’s no surprise that after months of restrictions, Americans are ready to set out on their next adventures. While popular destinations are likely to be open and welcoming visitors, the uptick in traffic combined with higher prices may translate into more expensive travel. If you’re...

Homeowners

5 Benefits of Having a Homeowners Association

Are you considering buying into a homeowner's association? There can be some significant benefits to purchasing a home in an HOA. Each homeowner's experience with an HOA will vary depending on the amenities and rules that are in place in their community. It is important to understand what is offered before signing up for membership, as there may be different benefits to each individual. If you have...

Homes for Lease

Millennial Buyers vs. Housing Market: The Struggle to Find a Home

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has recently completed its long-running “Generational Trends'' survey to provide intriguing information on the trends impacting home buyers and sellers by generation. Seeing how different generations approach the home buying process can help real estate agents better serve these clients and tap into these trends. Let’s explore some key facts and...

Self Storage

3 Things to Know About Self Storage Units Before Renting

Are you looking for a place to store your belongings while you're on vacation or just need some extra space for the week? Maybe you are selling your home and have some interim storage needs before you move to your next home? It's not uncommon to need storage space when buying and selling a home. A self-storage unit might be perfect for you. But what are the different types of self-storage units, and...

Sustainability Practices

Upgrade Sustainability Practices by Upcycling

(Family Features) Virtually everyone knows recycling helps promote more sustainable living. A lesser known but effective way to keep materials out of the landfill is upcycling.When items get recycled, they’re generally broken down and the materials are used to create other products. For example, glass can be melted to create new glass containers, milk jugs can become playground equipment and discarded...

Water Damage

Does the Home You Are Touring Have Water Damage? Here’s How You Can Tell

Home tours are one of the most important parts of the homebuying process. For many buyers, the anticipation of finally touring homes they've seen online leads to so much excitement during the tour, they forget to look for important details. Unfortunately, this can lead to expensive problems down the road, especially if you overlook problems that an inspector also misses. To help yourself remain alert...

Luxury Kitchen

4 Iconic Range Styles for Any Luxury Kitchen

It’s well-known that today’s luxury homebuyers want their next residence to be equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen. After all, this is the heart of the home where families come together to cook, eat and enjoy each other’s company. Depending on your personal preferences, here are several styles of ranges that can instantly upgrade any cooking space. Cast Iron RangeToday’s best cast iron...

Interior

Spruce Up Your Interior Living Spaces This Spring

(Family Features) The changing of seasons and arrival of warmer weather provide a perfect opportunity for many homeowners to refresh their living spaces and tackle projects on their to-do lists. However, that shouldn’t mean limiting yourself to standard chores like cleaning, disinfecting and reorganizing. Spring is also an ideal time to make functional and aesthetic updates to your home, including...

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